We need your signatures: Would you join LEG if it formed into a society?

Yes
98% (58 votes)
No
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 59

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Open Source Software

While acknowledging the right of individuals and corporations to benefit from the products of their labour, I also strongly believe in the inalienable right of members of the public to easily access information that may benefit them individually and collectively. Linux offers such a possibility, especially if able volunteers keep upgrading the applications available to this terrific, free operating system.

A university is the right forum for encouraging the development of such operating systems, so definitely ICTS must support our efforts in the spirit of the universal access to information paradigm.

Mqhele E. Dlodlo, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Electrical Engineering University of Cape Town Private Bag X3 Rondebosch 7701 W: 021 650 3441 F: 021 650 3465 http://web.uct.ac.za/courses/eee_mdlodlo/

Open Source Software

What is clear is that legislation relating to software and all other working pieces of information need to be seriously rethought. It is not acceptable for programmers to constantly need to reinvent the wheel to remain economically viable, especially in Africa where we are doing our best to bridge the gaping Digital Divide. Open Source is a completely new paradigm, and like all successful paradigms it will face resistance until accepted. As Linux Enthusiasts we must provide the support that ICTS will not.

Gordon Inggs

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Costs, benefits?

What would the expected yearly cost of LEG (as society) be to each of us?

And what would the benefits (apart from readily-available mirrors of common FOSS) be?

Re: Costs, benefits

al, We haven’t really thought about that yet, but it’ll probably be pretty cheap.

As to what would we offer… What do you want?

The things we already do, we do for the whole of UCT, but we’d like to build a community. At the moment, most linux users on campus don’t know any other linux users on campus, etc.

SR

You should investigate

You should investigate starting something like Rhodes University’s RUCUS:

http://rucus.ru.ac.za/

I’ve always felt UCT lacked something like this.

Re: RUCUS

But what does that mean? What services should we be providing?

Check out:

Check out: http://rucus.ru.ac.za/about.html

The easiest would probably be e-mail. Certainly, I think at least a few people would appreciate an on-campus alternative to GroupWise. :-)

Or you could even just host it on Google Apps (http://www.google.com/a/), so it would be GMail, but with a leg.uct.ac.za domain.

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